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Big congrats, that's awesome!!
If you don't mind me asking, how long did it take from submitting the last police clearance to getting the grant?
We finished submitting the requested documents on Thursday, and I followed up by sending a friendly email to our case officer letting her know that we appreciate her taking the time to look into our case and hoped to hear something back soon :) .... then a few minutes after noon today, the grant notice came thru in my email!!
So, only 4 days after we finished submitting the requested docs!
 

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How great, that’s quick! I’m waiting for the FBI clearance (sponsor) to arrive in the mail. That will be he last requested document we submit and I’m hoping the grant happens as quickly as yours once it’s submitted.

All the best for you and your life in Australia!
 
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How great, that's quick! I'm waiting for the FBI clearance (sponsor) to arrive in the mail. That will be he last requested document we submit and I'm hoping the grant happens as quickly as yours once it's submitted.

All the best for you and your life in Australia!
Am I right in seeing you're coming up on 18 months since application?

And second, what do you mean by 'sponsor approved'?
 

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Am I right in seeing you're coming up on 18 months since application?

And second, what do you mean by 'sponsor approved'?
Yeah almost, we're in the 16th month now.

The "sponsor approved" status was something that changed in my ImmiAccount, as well as my husbands sponsor account, back in August. We took it as a good sign that my husband was approved as a sponsor and that we wouldn't have to submit an FBI or further police checks, but a couple of months later they still asked for those. Since my husband is no US citizen or permanent resident, the long wait for the FBI check is mainly what brought us to 16 months. The other checks and documents only took a few weeks to sort out.
 

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Hi Everyone,

I'm new to the forum. I've read thru a lot of the pages in this thread and I'm so relieved to have people to talk to about this visa process.

We used an immigration agent to apply for our 309, my wife (US citizen) got a 3 year exclusion back in May 2017 for a 49 day overstay on a tourist visa, which gutted us as we had been so cautious to not break any visa rules but we misread the date of expiry on her tourist visa after we applied for a 12 month extension and were only granted a 3 month extension.

Our application was submitted in early October 2017. I just got back from a visit to the USA on Tuesday and the week prior we were asked to provide a local police check for my wife. Does this mean we have been assigned a case officer?

Any help with this would be great. Thanks in advance.
Hi,

My husband and I are in a very similar situation (US spouse w/ 3 year ban). What migration agent did you use? I am anxious to find someone who has experience in partner visas with a ban.

Thanks!
 

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Yeah almost, we're in the 16th month now.

The "sponsor approved" status was something that changed in my ImmiAccount, as well as my husbands sponsor account, back in August. We took it as a good sign that my husband was approved as a sponsor and that we wouldn't have to submit an FBI or further police checks, but a couple of months later they still asked for those. Since my husband is no US citizen or permanent resident, the long wait for the FBI check is mainly what brought us to 16 months. The other checks and documents only took a few weeks to sort out.
Hi all, firstly really finding this forum useful to hear other people's experiences of waiting for this 309 visa to come!

For our situation, we applied in April 2017 via a paper application to Washington DC and besides getting a medical request a month later, we have not heard anything since. Radio silence and no request for police clearance etc. So as of today, its been 11 months, and whilst the website says 11-15 months, we are just waiting atleast to hear from a CO to tell us to get a police clearance sorted in the US which takes 3 months for the FBI.

Anyway, very useful to hear other people's status too to know that we are not alone in this situation of painfully waiting for an update.

@SwedeInNYC - you have been waiting 16 months to date? When were you asked to get FBI /police clearance? Was that 3 months ago?
 

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Congrats Nicole!! Awesome!!

Hope you hear back soon SwedeinNYC - been a while for you guys!
How long has it been for you @Mattsfoot ? When did you apply and get meds / police clearance? or has it been radio silence on your end too? We haven't got assigned a CO as yet either. Literally only communications were asking for medical to be done in May 2017 after we applied in April 2017. Then no communications or requests at all since then. When we've called up, they've just said to wait 11-16 months and its still being processed.
 

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Hi all, firstly really finding this forum useful to hear other people's experiences of waiting for this 309 visa to come!

For our situation, we applied in April 2017 via a paper application to Washington DC and besides getting a medical request a month later, we have not heard anything since. Radio silence and no request for police clearance etc. So as of today, its been 11 months, and whilst the website says 11-15 months, we are just waiting atleast to hear from a CO to tell us to get a police clearance sorted in the US which takes 3 months for the FBI.

Anyway, very useful to hear other people's status too to know that we are not alone in this situation of painfully waiting for an update.

@SwedeInNYC - you have been waiting 16 months to date? When were you asked to get FBI /police clearance? Was that 3 months ago?
A US citizen or permanent resident can use an approved FBI channeler. I used Accurate Biometrics and had my FBI clearance within one week.

Don't forget that you'd also need a state check for any state lived in for 3 of the previous 12 months.

If the sponsor is living in the states, I would go ahead and get the FBI check now if you can't use a channeler. Sponsor living in the states would need a state check too.

Click here for channeler and police clearance info. Scroll to the bottom.
 

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sponsor approval?

Yeah almost, we're in the 16th month now.

The "sponsor approved" status was something that changed in my ImmiAccount, as well as my husbands sponsor account, back in August. We took it as a good sign that my husband was approved as a sponsor and that we wouldn't have to submit an FBI or further police checks, but a couple of months later they still asked for those. Since my husband is no US citizen or permanent resident, the long wait for the FBI check is mainly what brought us to 16 months. The other checks and documents only took a few weeks to sort out.
Fair enough. I just didn't think that sponsor had to be approved for applications made prior to legislation amendments in
November 2016

I thought that was a separate process that was not retrospective legislation
Would any MARA's like to clarify this point?

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Brin/sponsor-requirements
 

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A sponsor always had to apply and be approved. The 40SP is not new.

The requirement to require a police check is. Prior to that date, it was only required for apps with minor dependent children. That being said, it seems cases can be handled on a case by case basis, so a CO can request things that may not necessarily be required. I suppose you could argue it but is it worth it?

Form 80s are a requirement now according to the website and I have had two visas submitted without being requested one whereas someone from the US applying within days of me for the same visa was asked for one. Then when we went to apply for the next visa around the same time, that person was requested an AFP check and I wasn't. We had spent only a few weeks difference in Australia having arrived nearly the same time, from the same country, on the same visas. That person had been in Oz for about 7 months.

So I'm sure some people still waiting that applied prior to Nov 2016 have not needed to do the sponsor police check while others have been asked for it.
 

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Hi everyone, I just had a quick question. I applied with a migrant agent as my situation is too complicated and I have already had set backs with a US visa for my husband. I notice that a lot of people get emails from their CO's when they are assigned. If I am applying with an agent, will I ever actually hear from a Case Officer or will all the communication go directly to my agent?
 

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Hi everyone, I just had a quick question. I applied with a migrant agent as my situation is too complicated and I have already had set backs with a US visa for my husband. I notice that a lot of people get emails from their CO's when they are assigned. If I am applying with an agent, will I ever actually hear from a Case Officer or will all the communication go directly to my agent?
No one gets an email stating a CO has been assigned. They only get an email because their applications are missing something and so they know someone is looking at it. If your application was done well and included everything, and a CO doesn't require anything further, you'll just get a grant one day without knowing someone was even looking at your case.

I believe the communication is all done through the agent. They'll notify you if anything more is requested and forward the grant email to you as well.
 

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A sponsor always had to apply and be approved. The 40SP is not new.

The requirement to require a police check is. Prior to that date, it was only required for apps with minor dependent children. That being said, it seems cases can be handled on a case by case basis, so a CO can request things that may not necessarily be required. I suppose you could argue it but is it worth it?

Form 80s are a requirement now according to the website and I have had two visas submitted without being requested one whereas someone from the US applying within days of me for the same visa was asked for one. Then when we went to apply for the next visa around the same time, that person was requested an AFP check and I wasn't. We had spent only a few weeks difference in Australia having arrived nearly the same time, from the same country, on the same visas. That person had been in Oz for about 7 months.

So I'm sure some people still waiting that applied prior to Nov 2016 have not needed to do the sponsor police check while others have been asked for it.
Thank you for this clarification. I'll feedback on what additional requests are made in our case. Have already provided afp checks, 40sp (and 80 for partner)
Cheers

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Congrats Nicole!! Awesome!!

Hope you hear back soon SwedeinNYC - been a while for you guys!
How long has it been for you @Mattsfoot ? When did you apply and get meds / police clearance? or has it been radio silence on your end too? We haven't got assigned a CO as yet either. Literally only communications were asking for medical to be done in May 2017 after we applied in April 2017. Then no communications or requests at all since then. When we've called up, they've just said to wait 11-16 months and its still being processed.
Hey Ronniedee, we applied April 2017 too. The medical and police checks were completed and added towards the end of 2017/early 2018. We have not had any contact to date. Hopefully soon for us all.
 

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We finally received the FBI check for my husband (sponsor) :) That is the last document they requested so we're hoping the grant comes through soon.
 

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Hi all...so we finally have some movement I on our submission after nearly 13 months, and they are asking for further information to be attached, including the 40SP sponsor form and several other generic items they ask for originally such as relationship registration, birth certificates, character references etc etc etc...now of course this seems odd as the 40SP has been done and all the documents they state as examples were attached right from the start. So we’re confused as to why they wouldn’t have these attachments already. We of course will ring and talk to our case officer (it does finally have a name of a case officer), but can’t ring now until Tuesday due to time difference. In the meantime just wondering if anyone has had a similar issue with attachments?!?!?

We are still very glad to have some movement after so long!!!

Also - has anyone had their visa approved after 12 months from the medical and FBI checks and they haven’t asked you to redo these?

Cheers!
Aussie
 

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Hi all...so we finally have some movement I on our submission after nearly 13 months, and they are asking for further information to be attached, including the 40SP sponsor form and several other generic items they ask for originally such as relationship registration, birth certificates, character references etc etc etc...now of course this seems odd as the 40SP has been done and all the documents they state as examples were attached right from the start. So we're confused as to why they wouldn't have these attachments already. We of course will ring and talk to our case officer (it does finally have a name of a case officer), but can't ring now until Tuesday due to time difference. In the meantime just wondering if anyone has had a similar issue with attachments?!?!?

We are still very glad to have some movement after so long!!!

Also - has anyone had their visa approved after 12 months from the medical and FBI checks and they haven't asked you to redo these?

Cheers!
Aussie
So weird. that is sort of happening with us as well. my husband(the sponsor) finished uploading all his documents months and months ago to his profile and recently logged back in to find they were missing.
we havent had any CO contact yet but i was planning on calling the office in DC next week to see inquire if there are system issues and he should try and upload everything again. im curious what they will tell you,
 

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We finally received the FBI check for my husband (sponsor) :) That is the last document they requested so we're hoping the grant comes through soon.
Hi SwedeInNYC, we were in a similar situation to you. My sponsor's FBI check came in on 10 Feb and we uploaded it that day. There has been no communication since and that was the last bit of evidence they requested. I have heard from other users on here that once they upload the last requested evidence their visa grant comes through quite quickly afterwards. Does not look like that will be the case for us. Let me know what you hear and good luck!
 
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